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What’s on in November?

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Despite the turning weather, there’s so much on this month. We encourage you to make the most of your last full month in Manchester before people go home for the holidays!


On 29 November, stand up and raise your voice at Reclaim the Night. This powerful event empowers individuals to unite and make a stand against gender-based violence. If you’re looking for a unique shopping experience, don’t miss the Charity Supermarket in Salford Quays. It’s a great opportunity to shop second hand from lots of different charity shops at once and for those with an eye for vintage treasures, explore the Rare Finds Flea Market (5 Nov).  This market is a haven for antique and collectible enthusiasts. This November is about raising awareness, giving back, and indulging in unique finds – a month of opportunities you won’t want to miss!

Gigs and Shows

There’s a gig for all kinds of music tastes this month, including rappers like 50 Cent (10 Nov), Little Simz (5+6 Nov), Jake Isaac (12 Nov) and Playboi Carti (21 Nov). For punk fans, Big Joanie are playing on (3 Nov) and for lovers of classic pop we’ve got a throwback Scouting for Girls gig (8 Nov), as well as up-and-coming Baby Queen (9 Nov). Finally, if indie/alternative is your thing we have bluesy singer Norah Jones (7 Nov), Art School Girlfriend (9 Nov) and indie powerhouses Sundara Karma (26 Nov). Plus, if you want to go to a gig for a fiver check out these rush hour concerts.

For non-musical shows there’s an evening with Katie Price (7 Nov) for a live recording of her podcast, plus an audience with Dolly Alderton on (7 Nov) in anticipation of her new novel Good Material.

Movement and Sport

If you’re a yogi, you can do some gentle movement and embark on a journey of relaxation and well-being at Sport Manchester’s Yoga Retreat (25 Nov). The day promises yoga, gong meditation, massages, and a delicious lunch and don’t forget there are regular yoga sessions running at the SU including Friday yoga with Ajinkya.  For those looking to get active and learn something new, join the Ballroom and Latin dance classes, or take up pole dancing with Beginners Pole classes.

If you’re a football enthusiast and love the world of transfers, don’t miss the Football Writing Festival’s The Transfer Market event (2 Nov). It’s an opportunity to dive deep into the intriguing world of football transfers. Lastly, if you’re up for a meaningful challenge, attend the meeting for the Bike the UK for MS charity challenge (10 Nov). It’s a chance to make a difference and support a great cause. 

Get outdoors

Even though the days are shorter, it’s still nice to get outside and catch the last of the orange leaves this month. You could take advantage of the autumnal scenery by going on a hike in Langdale, in the Peak District (12 Nov). For those who are interested in plants, find out what to do with your pumpkin waste (1 Nov), or learn how to grow your own mushrooms (14 Nov). Manchester City Council aren’t putting on any public bonfire night events again this year but there’s a big one happening in Mayfield Park (4-5 Nov), Oldham (2 Nov) and you can see if there any closer to you here.

Early Christmas Activities

While this month there are still a few autumnal celebrations to enjoy, if you’re a Christmas lover, the festivities will begin. On 10 November, the Christmas markets will open, all the way until late December so head down for mulled drinks and Christmas gifts. There’s also the Dunham Massey light trail for people who want to be awed (and potentially see some deer) opening on 17 Nov. Other highlights include the Christmas themed bar opening on 13 Nov and Festive bottomless brunch at Cherry Jam opening on 24 Nov.

Culture and Arts

Once again, Manchester has a rich cultural and arts scene this month, including a programme of events at Aviva Studios – the new home of Factory International –  to celebrate their opening (11-19 Nov). For lovers of independent cinema, the UK Jewish film Festival promises captivating narratives and unique perspectives on the Jewish experience (9-23 Noc). Make sure to also catch Indie Flicks at Ducie Street Warehouse.

For photography enthusiasts, the Manchester Photography Exhibition is a visual journey celebrating the essence of the city with portraits of the people who make Manchester what it is (11-19 Nov). Nodding to Adrienne Rich and Nina Simon, Ballet Black showcases exceptional choreography (31 Oct-2 Nov). For those that would prefer an online event, have a look at ‘Charlotte Brontë and The Industrial Novel’ hosted by the Elizabteh Gaskell house for a fiver (1 Nov).

Arts and Crafts

For those that want to get more hands on with the arts this month, there’s a bunch events just for you. Explore the Manchester Art Fair (17-19 Nov) for a diverse display of artistic talent and to get inspired to make your own, like at this Screen Printing Workshop (12 Nov). Try your hand at embroidery in this Tote Bag Embroidery Workshop at the SU (10 Nov), or give painting a go in this Wellbeing Painting Workshop by Thrive Manchester (19 Nov). Knitting and Crochet soc are hosting weekly meets throughout the month to practice your knotting skills and Fashion Soc are hosting a ‘Sew With Us’ workshop (10 Nov).

Seen something you would like to do this month? Let us know over on Instagram stories what you get up to.